School doesn't officially start until next week, but Roswell High School's football booster, the Touchdown Club, is already planning for a big year - on and off the field.
The club will soon host several community-oriented events to kick off the school's 2011 Spirit Week beginning Friday, Aug. 19.
"This year, we decided to really build on the legacy that is Roswell Hornet football," said Mark Campbell, president of Roswell Touchdown Club. "While Hornet football has always been a family 'thing,' it's also a huge community event. Every Friday night our families, neighbors, local businesses and organizations come together under one roof, in the 'Nest." This doesn't happen without a strong sense of community. And schools with a supportive community perform better on and off the field."
This year, the Touchdown Club will sponsor the following events to kick off the new season:
Meet the Hornets Night - Friday, Aug. 19 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; , 10730 Alpharetta Highway.
Free to the public and family-friendly, this community pep rally will feature Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell High School Principal Jerome Huff and new Roswell Football Head Coach Justin Sanderson among the speakers lined up for the night. Each player will also be introduced to the community, as well as a performance by the cheerleading squad and the band. Players will compete in rib eating and rib toss contests; and both coaches and players may get their heads shaved.
Football 101 - Saturday, Aug. 20 from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Ray McManus Stadium, .
A women-only event which helps teach the ins and outs of football. Coaching staff and alumni players will lead this event during which attendees are introduced to the rules of the game, study offense, defense and special teams, as well as some on-field drills.
Other activities during Spirit Week include a player/cheerleader car wash, airline ticket raffle and school pep rally.